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Floating, oil pastel


This painting was started last weekend, but a few things interrupted my concentration and I had to set it aside for a bit. Floating, an oil pastel (14×11) is painted on a gesso prepared hardboard using a variety of oil … Continue reading

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Three Studies of Underpainting Color Choices


There are a number of underpainting techniques that I enjoy using with my oil pastel paintings:  watercolor or soft pastel washes (washed with either water or alcohol), and gouache – acrylic – oil thinned paint.  Each offer a different result … Continue reading

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Poppy Field #2, oil pastel


As we remember World War I and the victims of this war, poppies are a symbolism for the many millions of souls that perished.  One of my earliest memories of this flower was when my Mother would receive a poppy … Continue reading

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15 Day Challenge – Trees, Day 3


Who doesn’t love Italian Cypress trees?  Tall, graceful and the anchor of many a landscape or garden. Italian Cypress trees are drought resistant making them are a natural for North Texas.  I love them for their deep, lush green this time of year, … Continue reading

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15 Day Challenge, Trees – Day 2


Staying with the Poplar species, I decided to do a quick landscape with a line of Poplar trees running through the middle of the scene for Day 2.   This is an oil pastel on Strathmore pastel paper (5×7). These exercises are … Continue reading

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Mystery, oil pastel


The monthly challenge for wetcanvas oil pastel forum included a nocturnal scene.  For this painting I let the oil pastels take me on their own journey from the sky structure, to the colors, and the barren landscape and what evolved became … Continue reading

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Lost Path, oil pastel


This oil pastel started out as a study on a scrap of Mi-Teintes gray tinted pastel paper  (7.25 x 4.75, odd size) for colors because I intended the actual painting to be a larger piece (11×14).  The scene went through multiple variations  with … Continue reading

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Reach, oil pastel


Here is my third and last painting of purple flowers, called Reach.  It is part of a series that I wanted to finish before I began painting my favorite subject, landscapes – for the next several months (ha, I can’t wait)! … Continue reading

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Dancing Purple, oil pastel


I paint with tenacity.  What that means to me is I won’t give up on learning how to paint a subject that gives me the toughest of challenges.  I have a need to conquer and here is my nemesis, painting … Continue reading

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Freshness of Spring, oil pastel


Spring always inspires, right?  So I thought why not do one last floral to celebrate the arrival of Spring. My friend, Nicola of pmp (a wonderful artist and photographer) recently took a photograph of a vase filled with daffodils.  Immediately I saw the … Continue reading

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